PTSD is a qualifying health condition under Florida's medical marijuana law. Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder resulting from severe psychological trauma, usually stemming from an event such as combat, assault or abuse. For a person living with PTSD, the symptoms can be practically debilitating. Medical marijuana can ease some of the problems that come with the disorder.
You may already know that marijuana can be a certain type – indica, sativa or a hybrid – and that these types are associated with different effects. Within these types are hundreds of different strains, which you can think of as varieties offering different levels of THC and CBD. Strains are designed to produce an intended effect and to provide intended benefits.
Marijuana Strains That May be a Good Match for PTSD
Marijuana strains should be matched to the patient's symptoms and the experience they want to get from using cannabis. Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Recurrent episodes in which the person re-lives the traumatic experience
- Insomnia and other sleep problems
- Problems with concentration
- Irritability and anger
- Extreme and debilitating phobia or fear related to certain places, people and experiences
When it comes to marijuana strains, there's not going to be a single strain that works for PTSD, regardless of the individual. Instead, we can base recommendations on the knowledge of which strains are best for anxiety, and then work with you to find the right combination. Here are several examples of strains that have been successful in reducing PTSD symptoms:
- Girl Scout Cookies
- Northern Lights
- Granddaddy Purple
- Charlotte's Web
There are many more. Our experienced physicians will help you choose a strain or multiple strains based on THC and CBD concentration.
THC vs. CBD When it Comes to Treating Anxiety Disorders
THC is the component in marijuana that causes a euphoric high. Some people seeking medical marijuana – particularly individuals who want to feel clearheaded and alert as possible – may want the benefits of marijuana without the high. This is possible with strains containing low levels of THC.
Strains that are high in CBD and low in THC often work well for people suffering from anxiety and PTSD. THC, on the other hand, sometimes increases feelings of anxiety and paranoia – at least for some people. CBD can have a calming effect. But some people want the sense of contentment and euphoria that accompanies THC. The takeaway is to try different strains to find what works best for you.
In consultation with one of our experienced physicians, you'll receive custom recommendations for what to ask for at the dispensary. Our physicians can help you decide which strains to try based on your expectations, concerns and symptoms. Sometimes a good approach is to start with a high CBD/low THC strain and then go from there, seeing how you feel and deciding whether you want to incorporate higher levels of THC.
Receive an Evaluation from our Physicians
The only way to know if you qualify for medical marijuana in Florida is to arrange an evaluation with one of our caring, experienced doctors. Please call Access Marijuana RX in St. Petersburg at 727-209-5470. AMRX has been making medical marijuana recommendations since the passage of Florida's new law.